Teespring is under some controversy after removing a custom T-shirt that featured the slogan "Get Woke, Go Broke" with an image of a cowgirl by YouTuber TheQuartering. The San Francisco based company allows users to create and sell customized merchandise their website.
TheQuartering, ran by Jeremy Hambly, is a political commentary YouTube channel focused on calling out identity politics in the entertainment worlds of gaming, comics, and film (movies, television, etc.).
Jeremy was alerted within hours of posting the t-shirt for sale that it was no-longer available by his fanbase. Greeted with the message that "[t]he campaign is no longer available due to content issues. Sorry about that. Please contact us if you think we made a mistake."
Bringing attention to this on Twitter, Teespring responded to Jeremy stating via a direct message that upon investigating the situation the design is considered hate speech by the company.
After replying, "[i]t's a cartoon," Teespring continued with,
Jeremy further replied, "What person? It's just a lady cowgirl." Teespring ending with,
Teespring is referring to the cowgirl image in parody of Jessica Price's cowgirl Twitter icon. Jessica was recently fired from her writing job at ArenaNet after her controversial belligerence towards Guild Wars 2 community members this past week. She hasn't been shy of being controversial, delving heavily into identity politics and past incidents included celebrating the death of gaming icon Totalbiscuit.
The "Get Woke, Go Broke" slogan refers to non-political companies, organizations or individuals losing revenue whenever they submerge themselves into politics, especially identity politics.
The following is Teesprings section on "Hate Speech and Harassment" from their Acceptable Use Policies,
However, between Jeremy pointing it out and digging more into the Teespring website, several accounts are selling t-shirts and other merchandise plastered with faces without permission. Faces which included the current and former United States Presidents, Activist Emma Gonzalez, Senator Bernie Sanders, and more. Merchandise for the domestic terrorist group Antifa was also found throughout the Teespring website.
The removal sparked outrage among TheQuartering fanbase and other anti-identity politics activists.https://archive.fo/LdTdI https://archive.fo/UBQjX
When a company decides to go the "Lying + Hypocrite" route, you can be certain that I will avoid them. Thanks for uploading this video because I wouldn't have known otherwise! https://t.co/3MY2ST0Fxm— EvMo / Crypt-IC (@Ozaryk) July 10, 2018
Jeremy had this to say after the removal of the "Get Woke, Go Broke" t-shirts,
TheQuartering's merchandise store has moved from Teespring to Cryptofashion, a small custom online store start-up, with newer versions of the "Get Woke, Go Broke" t-shirt available. Jeremyâ€™s full story on the matter can be found from his video Hypocrites At Teespring Banned My Shirt Spread The Word.Copyright © 2018 Fotisi. All Rights Reserved.